The City of Wichita’s efforts in technology, transparency and community engagement have been recognized on a national scale. At Thursday’s National League of Cities Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, Wichita was awarded 4th place in the Digital Cities Survey competition by the Center for Digital Government.
This competition honors cities that are using technology to boost efficiencies and improve services. Wichita’s City government was specifically recognized for:
- Partnering with local Code for America brigade to compose a strategic open data program designed to create apps.
- The Department of Information Technology’s work with two students at Wichita State University in developing a citizen reporting app called Wichita Report, a 311-style tool.
- A new snowplow tracking site which track and map paths of snow-clearing vehicles and allow residents plan their commute accordingly.
The city was also recognized for various other improvements such as a new e-citation system for law enforcement and high-speed fiber that runs through the city’s storm sewer system. This will allow police body-camera video to be transmitted to a cloud which will then store the footage.
These advancements earned Wichita a national ranking, and the city placed 4th in a tie with Seattle.
"I'm really proud of the innovation efforts of our team, both staff and policy makers," said Mayor Longwell, noting Wichita competed in the category of large cities with population above 250,000. “It's nice to share this award with other cities that have traditionally been seen as high tech cities.”
Cities placing in the competition were recognized as “true innovators” by executive director of the Center for Digital Government, Todd Sander.